Jennette McCurdy, best known for her role in “iCarly”, reveals new abuses she was forced to endure as a child actor.
In a New York Times profile posted Wednesday promoting her new memoir, ‘I’m Glad My Mom Died’, the outlet reports that McCurdy writes in her book that she was once photographed in a bikini during a wardrobe fitting Nickelodeon by an intimidating (unnamed) character who also encouraged her to drink alcohol. McCurdy was a teenager when she worked for the network.
It’s unclear whether his mother, Debra – who died of breast cancer in 2013 – was present during that particular incident, but according to the excerpts paraphrased by The Times, she likely would not have intervened on her child’s behalf.
Apparently, she had told her daughter that cases like this were the price of fame.
“Everyone wants what you have,” McCurdy recalled, recalling his mother telling him.
That wasn’t the only abuse McCurdy endured on Nickelodeon. She also wrote how she was under the assumption that she would get her own “iCarly” spinoff on the network, but ended up getting a co-starring spot on “Sam & Cat,” which paired her. to future pop music sensation Ariana Grande.
According to the Times profile, McCurdy wrote that Nickelodeon blocked her from taking on other career opportunities during her stint on “Sam & Cat.” However, this rule did not apply to Grande.
“What finally undid me was when Ariana came in, whistling excitedly because she’d spent the previous evening playing charades at Tom Hanks’s,” McCurdy recalled in the memoir. “That’s when I snapped.” The actor further claims that after “Sam & Cat” was canceled in 2014, she rejected a $300,000 offer not to speak publicly about her time at Nickelodeon. (The network declined to comment to The Times.)
McCurdy says in his memoir that his pursuit of acting was done solely to please his mother. Debra (whose own parents didn’t want her to continue acting) got her to start auditioning for roles at age six. Debra seemed to display manipulative behavior when her daughter didn’t book jobs.
In an excerpt from his memoirs published by Weekly Entertainment, McCurdy remembers sitting in a booster seat in her mother’s car after she failed to book a job as a child because she was unable to cry at the right time during the audition.
McCurdy writes of the mixed emotions she felt over not booking the job and tried to express to her mother that she no longer wanted to act because it made her “uncomfortable”.
McCurdy described her mother’s face in response to her quitting, “as if she had just eaten a lemon. He contorts in a way that terrifies me.
“‘You can’t give up!” she sobs. “It was our chance! It was ouuuuur chaaaaance! ” McCurdy wrote.
His mother then slammed her hand on “the steering wheel, accidentally hitting the horn. The mascara runs down her cheeks… Her hysteria frightens me and demands that we take care of her.
McCurdy explains that she tried to defuse the situation by telling her mother “it’s okay” and suggesting they listen to a song her mother liked. McCurdy said that once the song started playing, her mother began to sing “giddily” “her mood changed”.
McCurdy has also been open in the past about how her mother sexually assaulted her. In an interview with People last year, McCurdy told the outlet that Debra “insisted on giving her vaginal and breast exams” until she was 17, and “never let her shower. only”.
“It was only the distance from her that allowed me to regain my health,” McCurdy told People at the time.
McCurdy’s memoir, “I’m Glad My Mom Died,” will be available August 9.